When Leland Stanford set aside the acreage of his horse farm on the southernmost tip of San Francisco Bay to found Stanford University, he stipulated that the land could never be sold.
With San Francisco only 35 miles to the north, Palo Alto right next door and San Jose 20 miles south, students enjoy a region rich not only in opportunity but also in culture and entertainment.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford is less than an hour from San Francisco, redwood forests and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The sprawling and lush campus is 8,180 acres, providing its own unique beauty.
Stanford is in Palo Alto, a city in Santa Clara County, California. The latitude of Stanford is 37.424N. The longitude is -122.165W. It is in the Pacific time zone. Elevation is 75 feet.
The Cantor Arts Center (the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris), Hoover Tower (named after Stanford's most renowned U.S. president), and Memorial Church are musts when visiting.
Discover Stanford is a two-part program intended for high school students and their families interested in applying for admission. Discover Stanford requires advance online reservations, and sessions fill quickly.
Each year, more than 100,000 people visit "The Farm." Our Visitor Information Services staff helps visitors navigate and enjoy our world-class facilities and sprawling campus known for its distinct sandstone and tile architecture.